Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Plants Extracts of Israel and Palestine. Unexplored Paradise
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities are among the most important properties of plant materials used by humans. For many medicinal plants and other natural products sources, there is clear relationship between these properties. Despite the fact that some approved, commercial drugs were developed from natural products that possess these properties, published literature scan reveals a disappointing image: in some geographical regions, with great plant richness, the vast majority of these plants were never studied for antioxidant aor anti-inflammatory activities. Expectedly, some plant families were extensively studied, while others, with some of the most common and widespread plants, were almost totally ignored. Some of these "ignored" plants, are very useful, either as nutritional sources or as medicinal plants in traditional medicines. But this coin has another side of hope: there are tremendous opportunities for future research and drug discovery. In this review, we will introduce the current situation of studying medicinal properties of plants, especially antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, on the central part of the Eastern region of the Mediterranean basin. We will also present an overall view of future research opportunities and scientific collaborations. These opportunities and collaborations must be based on systematic mapping of current knowledge.
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